Turning complexity into clarity.

In the days before I worked with a content management system, I built pages by hand. It’s an exercise in consistency. One of the joys of a CMS like Drupal is that it repeatedly put all of your best practices into place. Having such a large open-source community really helps drive the development of newer and better SEO mousetraps. Drupal code is W3C compliant and search engine friendly.

 

There are a number of contributed and core modules that can help with the optimization of a Drupal website.  With the use of these modules you can ensure that your website will not only be search engine friendly but will have all of the components necessary to get a good search engine ranking.  Installation is simple and there is generally little configuration involved.

To the right is a list of modules that can be used to help with the search engine optimization of a content management system.  Complete with reviews and links to step by step installation tutorials, all of the most useful modules appear in the list.  Follow the links to learn more and download. If you need help installing any of these, or getting the most out of them, let me know!

Content Optimizer

The Content Optimizer module for Drupal will help Drupal Developers  improve the on-page SEO of their Drupal nodes. The module helps improve the search engine rankings of a Drupal website by analysis of page content with a guide to help webmasters follow best practices. The Content Optimizer performs an analysis using the Content Analysis API  combined with Chaos Tools to provide an AJAX report of nodes, blocks, and admins forms.

Download: Drupal Content Optimizer Module

Keyword Research

The Keyword Research module for the Drupal Content Management System allows webmasters to get data about the keywords they wish to target for the pages of their Drupal website. It will help select the best keywords for Drupal page, help provide analysis about those keywords and allow webmasters to view data from Google such as Google Trends and Google Traffic Estimators specific to those keywords.

Download:  Drupal Keyword Research Module

ShareThis

The ShareThis Module for the Drupal Content Management System will provide your users with the ability to share your content on a number of Social Networking sites. Customize your ShareThis code using the STAPI. Select node types you wish to display ShareThis module on Choose to display in $teaser view or not. Choose to display the ShareThis link in either the $link items, or in the $node->content itself. Customize the weight of the ShareThis link if in $node placement. Uses the ShareThis jQuery plugin so the ShareThis servers are queried after page rendering. Place a ShareThis block anywhere on your site.

Download: ShareThis

Twitter

Tie into Twitter from your Drupal site. Associate one or more Twitter accounts with their Drupal user account. List tweets in different ways thanks to Views. Post to their own Twitter account or a site-wide Twitter account whenever they create new content or based on Drupal Actions or Rules. Log in to your Drupal site via Twitter.

Download: Twitter

Yoast SEO   

The best for last. This module checks things you're bound to forget. It checks, whether your posts are long enough, if you've written a meta description and if that meta description contains your focus keyword, if you've used any subheadings within your post, etc. etc.

This real-time page analysis makes sure that your content is the type of content search engines and users will love!

Download: Yoast SEO

 

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